My experience with arthritis - not gold rings,
I was diagnosed about 20 years ago with Psoriatic arthritis, in my case a form rheumatoid arthritis with associated psoriasis of the skin. This is considered an autoimmune disease where antibodies of your immune system attack your own tissues.
I went through an arsenal of disease modifying drugs to slow the immune system with varying degrees of failure and side effects. I managed to keep playing through the early years of the treatment but as the drugs effectiveness ran down, the disease became really quite debilitating to the point where even a chromatic scale had become a challenge.
About four years ago bought a copy of this book; ''The New Arthritis Breakthrough' by Henry Scammell. To quote one reviewer, "An utterly essential read for anyone with a rheumatic condition"
My GP agreed to trial the treatment outlined in the book and I'm still on it.
This has by far been the most effective method I've experienced. I can now play the chromatic scales comfortably and have returned to playing my old favourite repertoire, new pieces and even have the confidence to attempt Bach which I'm really enjoying. (Although listening to my last recording not sure if the neighbours are
So the book is "An utterly essential read for anyone with a rheumatic condition"
It's almost certain I'll never regain the lost mobility in my wrists and other affected joints, however if I hadn't read this book back then I would not be writing this now and certainly not be playing any more.
all the best.